The UAE has become a bit of a hot spot for theme parks with Warner brothers world and Ferrari land in Abu Dhabi not to mention all the lands at Dubai Parks and Resorts! As we were in Dubai with a toddler we decided that the first park we should try on our tour of UAE theme parks was the Motiongate Dubai theme park! It promised a lot of entertainment with rides and lands based on family favorites Madagascar, Shrek and How to Train your Dragon – but did it live up to our high expectations? Here’s our honest Motiongate Dubai Review
Motiongate dubai Review
What lands are at motiongate dubai?
As you enter motiongate you enter the equivalent to Disney’s Main Street but here it is studio central! Themed on a Hollywood backlot! There are plenty of eateries and souvenir shops and some dance offs and parades take place here!
Like all great theme parks motiongate is split into different themed lands! To the left of studio central is the Lionsgate area! Only two films are represented here – step off – a theatre show and the biggest attraction rides being themed on Hunger Games! There is a bullet train ride and panem aerial tour! These rides are definitely for the adrenaline junkies!
Top tip: the bullet train ride has a notice outside that their seats are not for all body shapes – I didn’t try this but based on experience on other rides some of the cars are extremely tight!
The next land off Studio Central is Columbia pictures – home to tides m based on Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, hotel Transylvania, Green hornet, zombie land, underworld and ghost busters!
Each of these films has its own small section but hotel Transylvania is the centrepiece! This is a great area for those travelling with older children and adults but not so great for those with toddlers and small children! All rides in this section has a height limit and our over 90cm toddler could only ride the hotel Transylvania ride! This was a nice ride where cars criss crossed each other as you went through different rooms in the hotel!
Next to columbia pictures is smurf village! This is a good area for those travelling with younger children as you can ride the smurfs studio tour and also there are two jungle gym play areas to let your kids blow off steam!
The final area and the place we spent most time was DreamWorks land – a completely covered area which is split into four distinct areas – Shrek, Madagascar, how to train your dragon and king fu panda! My little girl definitely had the most fun in this area but it isn’t just for littles as Madagascar has the fastest coaster in the park!
What is there at motiongate dubai for little children
DreamWorks is definitely the best area for small children but even the rides in this area have restrictions! There was nothing my little girl could ride in how to train your dragon, one ride (Shrek journey) in Shrek area – she loved this one so much however we went in it three times!, two in Madagascar and there is only one ride – mr pings noodle cups in king fu panda that littles can ride!
Top tip: Melman go round – fine on Alex but on the tiger the seatbelt was digging into me and don’t consider myself large. A man on the ride at the same time wasn’t allowed to ride as seatbelt wouldn’t fit and I would say he was average in size not large. Seems silly everyone not just children have to wear seatbelt! If you are tall or an average man you may struggle with the belt in some horses!
Character meetings and shows at motiongate dubai
There are lots of character meetings and shows to keep people of all ages entertained! Be sure to take a picture of timings at the entrance!
Our little girl loved learning king fu with po earning her kung fu academy headband!
Unfortunately the Madagascar shows were not on when we were there but we did meet the penguins, captain du Bois and Julien!
Is motiongate dubai air conditioned? Aka should you visit in summer?
The answer is partially! DreamWorks is all under cover being indoors however the other lands are not! However the queues tend to be under cover!
Overall I think motiongate is good to visit in either summer or winter!
Motiongate dubai location and how to get there
Motiongate is located at the Abu Dhabi side of Dubai! It takes about an hour to get to from central Abu Dhabi and 40 minutes from Dubai international airport! It is a great day trip from both Dubai and Abu Dhabi! There is ample parking but if busy you will have to take a shuttle from the car park to the parks! Alternatively you can buy tickets with private transfers!
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Motiongate dubai tickets and discounts
As with any theme park, I recommend buying your tickets online to avoid having to suffer the long entrance queues! Depending on who you are traveling with and how many parks you want to visit it might be worth buying a combination ticket but there are single park options! Otherwise, if you are considering hitting a lot of Dubai’s attractions in a week then the Dubai explorer pass may be a money saver – you can check the cost and inclusions here!
You can buy your online tickets via Viator using this link!
Or you purchase your tickets in advance via Get Your Guide here!
If you are a resident you could consider using an entertainer voucher or consider purchasing an annual pass,